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Lagos hawker allegedly attacks environmental operatives with weapons

A Lagos hawker, Yusuf Usaini, on Monday, allegedly attacked the operatives of Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC, around Railway Crossing, Fagba, in Ifako Ijaye Local Council Development Area, Lagos State.

The incident occured at about 12.30pm, during the daily routine patrol by the officials in ensuring that the State is cleared of all forms of street trading.

It was gathered that the 30 years old hawker said to be hawking popcorn, upon sighting the Agency’s operatives brought out dangerous weapons such as knife (dagger) and charms to attack the operatives.

The number of those injured could not be ascertained by Vanguard.

However, Vanguard gathered that he was eventually overpowered and brought to the Agency’s Headquarter for subsequent investigation and prosecution.

Confirming the incident, LAGESC Corps Marsha, C.P Gbemisola Akinpelu (retd), condemned incessant attacks on its personnel saying they are out to dislodge street traders around the nooks and crannies of the State.

She said, “such attacks can inflict serious injuries or loss of lives to the officers who are out to ensure the directives of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu  towards ensuring that our roads, walkways and road setbacks on major highways in the State are free of illegal trading activities and street hawking which mostly impedes free human and vehicular movements that often constitutes traffic gridlocks on our roads, “she said.

According to her, ” the suspect has been arrested and handed over to the Police for further investigation and prosecution to serve as deterrent to others. ” she added.

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